Overview and Background
Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) reflects the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s latest thinking on achieving transformative improvements in access to clean water and improved sanitation. The WALIS program aims to support national and regional institutions and their development partners to improve the capacity of African water sectors to implement policies, strategies, and plans that will deliver sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WALIS project, in collaboration with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and
Drinking-Water (GLAAS), is conducting a series of case studies in Africa related to local systems for water and sanitation. The case studies will utilize the appreciative inquiry approach to answer the following research questions:
What are the country systems and/or innovations which were most effective in pushing the country towards success during the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era?
What are the self-identified, key changes or shifts within the local country system that must be made to achieve SDG 6.1 and 6.2?
A small research team will be formed to examine the local WASH system in each country and document what elements of that system impacted the achievement of MDG 7c in that country, including up to two local cooperating country national (CCN) consultants (hereby referred to as “The Consultant”). The Consultant will use their local knowledge of the national WASH sector to support the team in conducting field research, analysis, and report writing.
The Country Team Leader will use their local knowledge of the national WASH sector to support the team in conducting field research, analysis, and report writing.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Country Team Leader will work closely with WALIS and AMCOW colleagues during the consultancy. Specific activities include but are not limited to:
Serving as the primary point of contact and representative of USAID/WALIS in the field.
Providing management oversight to one (1) country team that will consist of two-three (2-3) local consultants.
Traveling to the research country for 10 days to conduct interviews and documentation exercises between September 5 and September 17.
Adapting the case study methodology for the local context of their country, including research questions, survey forms, and other documents.
Working with the country team to set up interviews and meetings with key stakeholders. Facilitate meetings and data collection exercises.
Leading the data analysis and report writing for the country case study report and briefing note.
Assisting the WALIS core team in developing spotlight learning notes and contribute to the overarching Country System Learning Note.
The Country Team Lead will report to Activity Lead.
Desired Qualifications and Expertise
Previous experience in conducting national or regional WASH sector assessments.
Management experience of teams with 2-3 African consultants.
Understanding of the USAID Local Systems Framework, FIETS sustainability model, and other WASH governance principles.
Strong communication and facilitation expertise. Ability to conduct structured and free-form interviews with government, donor, and civil society stakeholders.
Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills.
Fluency in English (all countries). Fluency in French (Senegal) or Arabic (Egypt).
Available for up to 40 days (total) of short-term technical assistance (STTA). Availability to travel for field research for 10-20 days.